Organization: Contemporary Principles and Practice [NOOK Book]


The definitive organization management text for executives and aspiring business leaders

Organization: Contemporary Principles and Practices, Second Edition is the completely updated and revised landmark guide to "macro" organization theory and design, fully grounded in current international practice. International management expert John Child explores the conditions facilitating the development of new organizational forms and provides up-to-date coverage of the key developments...

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The definitive organization management text for executives and aspiring business leaders

Organization: Contemporary Principles and Practices, Second Edition is the completely updated and revised landmark guide to "macro" organization theory and design, fully grounded in current international practice. International management expert John Child explores the conditions facilitating the development of new organizational forms and provides up-to-date coverage of the key developments driving new organization structure and practice. This revised Second Edition includes a new introductory section on Organization Theory as well as a complete Instructor Manual updated with new material on the basic principles of organizational design.

With detailed case studies and examples from throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and North America, Organization provides a truly international overview for advanced students and business executives who want to be at the forefront of the evolution in Organization Theory. 21st Century organizations will be faced with entirely new challenges and opportunities than those faced by previous generations, and emerging business leaders must understand the new "macro" realities in order to succeed. Organization will help readers:

  • Understand the "macro" organization, which is distinct from organizational behaviour
  • Explore the way organizations fit into the international business environment and global economy
  • Analyze the way organizational structure and design affect management performance
  • Apply advanced organization theory and principles to day to day management activities

Written by one of the foremost scholars, the fully updated Second Edition of this successful text provides executives and advanced business students with a wide-ranging and trustworthy guide to organizations as the conditions for their survival in our global business environment change.

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Editorial Reviews

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"John Child has done it again. This accessible and scholarly book brings the analysis of organizational forms where it belongs at the very centre of the fields of organization and strategy." Andrew Pettigrew, School of Management, University of Bath

“Professor John Child describes and analyzes clearly some of the important emerging forms of organization and management. The book offers valuable lessons and will appeal to MBA and students in general as well as executives of large and small organizations.” Marc Verstringhe, Chair, The Harry Hansen Research Fellowship Trust

"This is an outstanding contribution to literature from a world class academic, Professor John Child. His contribution to the field of organizational study is without parallel and this work is a monumental contribution to the global literature on organizational behavior." Cary L. Cooper CBE, Lancaster University

"This is more than a reiteration of Child's best-selling textbook. The new work represents a powerful re-statement of the 'design' approach to management in the context of today's fluid and indeterminate circumstances." Ray Loveridge, Said Business School, University of Oxford

"A key text which draws together many of John Child's landmark contributions to the field of Organization Studies. The additional new material in this book reflects an impressive level of scholarly breadth and depth, revealing John Child as a master of understanding complex organizations and processes of organizing." David C. Wilson, University of Warwick

"A lucid and comprehensive review of the theory and practice of organization written by one of the world's leading scholars in this field. John Child successfully combines a deep knowledge of organizational theory with acute appreciation of its relevance to modern organizations facing the challenges of the twenty-first century. It will be invaluable both as a text book for students and as a guide for those responsible for running organizations." Mark Easterby-Smith, Chair BritishAcademyof Management and Lancaster University

"This book provides a timely and important synthesis of new forms of organizing activities within and between organizations. Written by one of the foremost scholars, John Child captures the leading edge of scientific and practical knowledge about organizations and organizing. Moreover, Child provides wisdom in treating not only technical aspects of contemporary organizations, but also the ethical, social, and economic considerations in deciding on particular ways of organizing activities." Andrew H. Van de Ven, University of Minnesota

"Conventional, sluggish bureaucracies are being introduced to a new structural vocabulary—delayered authority structures, lateral integration, networks and alliances, boundary-crossing—as they attempt to respond to the challenge of globalization. Drawing on his wealth of scholarly research and consulting experience, John Child provides a lucid and engaging guide to this changing world of organizations." W. Richard Scott, Stanford University

“John Child’s new book, Organization: Contemporary principles and practices, builds upon Child's many years of experience as a scholar and teacher. Based on the assumption that organizations in the twenty-first century will confront very different conditions than those in previous eras, Child writes about the conditions facilitating the development of new organizational forms. Given his years of experience in China and in other international activities, Child has given the book a very intercontinental flavor. Examples come not only from the UK but also from other European nations, Asian nations, and North America. Its comprehensive review of effective management practices is accompanied by boxed cases that show the practices in action. The book will prove useful to graduate students in business schools, as well as managers in applied settings looking for a new perspective on the problems they face." Howard Aldrich, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118779873
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/11/2015
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 536
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

JOHN CHILD is an internationally acknowledged expert on organization and international business. He is particularly known for his grounded approach to the practice of management. Among Child's 23 books, Corporate Co-evolution, co-authored with Suzana Rodrigues, won the 2009 Terry Book Award of the Academy of Management.

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Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition VII

Preface from the First Edition IX


Chapter 1 Organization and Its Importance 3

Chapter 2 Perspectives on Organizational Design until Recent Times 27

Chapter 3 New Conditions, New Organization 53


Chapter 4 Simpler Structures – Reducing Hierarchy 87

Chapter 5 Achieving Integration 109

Chapter 6 Control 143

Chapter 7 Questions of Reward 171

Chapter 8 Payment Systems 191


Chapter 9 Outsourcing and Offshoring 217

Chapter 10 Virtual Organization 241

Chapter 11 Strategic Alliances 269

Chapter 12 Organizing Across Borders 291


Chapter 13 Managing Organizational Change 333

Chapter 14 Organizing for Learning 371

Chapter 15 Generating and Utilizing Trust 405

Chapter 16 Corporate Governance in New Organizational Forms 427


Chapter 17 Meeting Strategic Business Needs 453

Chapter 18 Meeting Strategic Social Needs 477

Author Index 497

Subject Index 507

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